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Books Available at the Law Library
Acting Skills for Lawyers by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor KF8915.M374
In Acting Skills for Lawyers, Mathis shares the secrets used by professional actors that can make the legal professional become a more skilled and dynamic lawyer, partner, manager, and person.
Amicus Humoriae: An Anthology Of Legal Humor by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, PN6231.L4A64
This book consists of 25 of the funniest law review articles from the past 50 years arranged in five categories: law students, law professors, lawyers, judges, and legal scholarship.
Barman: Ping-Pong, Pathos, And Passing The Bar by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve, KF297.W45
Barman is a hilariously honest portrayal of a young man’s trials as he progresses through law school and on to being a licensed attorney in New York.
The Bramble Bush: On Our Law and Its Study by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF273.L55
This classic remains one of the books most frequently and strongly recommended for students to read when considering law school. It offers timeless advice to those considering law school as well as current students.
The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF8742.W66
The Brethren is the first comprehensive behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.
Broken Contract: A Memoir Of Harvard Law School by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF373.K34A3
Broken Contract is a memoir of a Harvard law student detailing his three years of law school.
The Courage of Their Convictions by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF4749.I76
This text is another classic that documents 16 Americans who pursued their beliefs in their constitutional rights all the way to the Supreme Court. Their cases, decided by the Supreme Court between 1940 and 1986, highlight four major issues of our time -- religion, race, protest, and privacy.
Finding Your Voice in Law School by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve KF283.S52
Finding Your Voice in Law School provides strategies for succeeding at the Socratic Method in the classroom, mock trials and job interviews, as well as making arguments in a courtroom.
Gideon's Trumpet by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve, KF228.G53L49
Clarence Earl Gideon is denied a court appointed attorney when he cannot afford one, so acting as his own lawyer, he is convicted and sent to jail. While in prison, he begins a hand-written campaign directed to the U.S. Supreme Court, contending that every defendant is entitled to legal representation. The Court agrees to hear Gideon's case, and, in a landmark decision, rules in his favor.
Hard-Nosed Advice From A Cranky Law Professor: How To Succeed In Law School by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve KF283.P37
Hard-Nosed Advice delivers wisdom for law students with a clever sense of humor. This book communicates the expectations in the law classroom in an era of evolving classroom technologies, tightening job markets, and changing academic cultures.
The Law School Trip: The Insider's Guide to Law School by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve, PN6231.L4M33
Written by an award-winning law professor and humorist, The Law School Trip is a step-by-step guide to the surreal world of legal education.
Lawyer: A Brief 5,000-Year History by
Call Number: LAW-3rd Floor K183.A53
Lawyer provides a history of lawyers from a lawyer’s perspective. Starting with Biblical times and working its way to the present, this book provides a scholarly, yet comical, look at the history of law and the lawyer’s role.
Letters from Law School: The Life of a Second-Year Law Student by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve, PS3554.I45L48
Letters from Law School is about the second year of law school, after the cold shock of the plunge. This book describes the struggle to come up for air after struggling through the first year.
Letters to a Young Lawyer by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF373.D46A3
In Letters to a Young Lawyer, Dershowitz distills the wealth of his experiences and the passion of his beliefs into essays about life, law, and what it means to be a good lawyer and a good person.
May It Please The Court: A Lawyer's War Stories by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF373.K46A3
This book follows a personal injury lawyer in his conquests both in and out of the nation’s courtrooms as he labors to right the wrongs of an imperfect society and to speak for those who sometimes can’t speak for themselves.
One L by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve, KF373.T88A33
Scott Turow's One L, describes his turbulent first year at Harvard Law. This book has become almost mandatory reading for anyone contemplating law school.
The Spirited Law Student: A Guide for Excelling Academically and Maintaining a Healthy Life by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve, KF283.L87
Written by Seattle University Law School Professor Lustbader, this book provides advice and direction for those considering law school. It also offers current law students guidance on the challenging transition into law school, strategies for success, and much more.
The Zen Of Law School Success by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve KF283.N67
This book offers a Zen approach to succeeding in law school and beyond. The book also provides exercises and model answers to help students succeed on exams.
1000 days to the bar, but the practice of law begins now by
Call Number: LAW-Reserve KF272.T66
Students who employ the law school learning strategies offered in the book may improve their law school performances and increase their chances of passing the bar on their first try. They may also come to understand the practical implications of their hard work for the transition into the real world of practice.
To be a Trial Lawyer by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF8915.B343
This is another classic text for those considering law school, and a must read for every law student who is interested in trial advocacy and what it takes to be a successful trial lawyer.
Trial and Error: The Education of a Courtroom Lawyer by
Call Number: LAW-4th Floor, KF373.T833A3
Trial and Error details with painstaking honesty the twilight of John C. Tucker’s legal career, the difficult steps he took in learning the trial attorney's trade, and the reality of life as one of the country's leading civil and criminal trial lawyers.
Dough, Re, Mi: The Scale of Justice (A Descant for Entering First-Year Law Students)
Kelly Kunsch, Dough, Re, Mi: The Scale of Justice (A Descant for Entering First-Year Law Students), 87 Law Lib. J. 471 (1995) (featured on Westlaw’s Law School Life First Year Survival Guide)
Why Law School Is Still Worth It
This article offers a ray of hope for those who, after reading all the negative talk about law schools, are still considering law school. It discusses the importance legal training in our economy, how student loans aren’t all bad, and the favorable applicant environment.
The Summer Before Law School
This article provides advice on the steps you can take to prepare for law school the summer before the first semester starts. The section on Mental Preparation is also good advice for current students.
Insight from a First-Year Law Student (pdf)
The article discusses how learning to be a good writer in law school will positively affect your legal career.
Law Student Diaries
Follow several law students as they document what it is like to be a law student at Seattle University.
ABA Law Student Division
The ABA’s section for law students provides information on career advice, competitions, insurance, the Student Lawyer Magazine, and much more. It is a great resource for the law student.
SCOTUS for Law Students
Sponsored by Bloomberg Law, the SCOTUSblog is written by lawyers and law students about current Supreme Court cases, petitions, arguments, and decisions. The blog also provides information on the Supreme Court Justices.
Law School Academic Support Blog (A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network Sponsored by Wolters Kluwer)
The Law School Academic Support Blog is written by law professors who offer law students advice on all that they may face in their first year and beyond.
The Student Appeal: Law School Humor
The Student Appeal is an independently published law journal that publishes legal articles and editorials discussing law and policy issues, law school, and different legal careers available to JDs.
Professor Andrew Jay McClurg’s Legal Humor
Lawhaha.com is a source for archived, academically oriented, legal humor in a variety of categories, including Strange Judicial Opinions, Funny Law School Stories, Weird Warning Labels and much more.
Law School Memes
If you are looking for Common Law cases (predominantly Canada & UK) in meme form, this is the site to check! This is a humorous site for when you need a break from studying.